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What is Willamette Week?

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Willamette Week is a media company published out of Portland, Oregon that produces a weekly newspaper and a website. The content contains topics such as Portland news, politics, business, culture and sports. Both the newspaper and the website, WWeek.com, are free, as Willamette Week generates most of its income through advertising and classified listings. The circulation of Willamette Week is around 70,000 readers as of 2015.

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Willamette Week was founded by Ronald A. Buel in November 1974. Although it is now circulated for free, Buel founded the newspaper using a paid distribution model. Willamette Week is now published through City of Roses Newspapers, a company that also publishes INDY Week and Santa Fe Reporter.

In 2005, Nigel Jaquiss was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his work published online at WWeek.com. His story exposed the Oregon governor's sexual misconduct with a young girl. This story was notable because it was the first Pulitzer Prize awarded for a story originally published online rather than in print. It also remains the only Pulitzer Prize awarded to a weekly newspaper for investigative reporting.

Willamette Week has a significant online presence beyond its website, with profiles on popular social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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